Miyazoto wins title at Okinawa Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Kiyoshi Miyazato made up eight shots with a sparkling seven-under-par final round of 64 to win the $830,000 Asia-Japan Okinawa Open.

Miyazoto wins title at Okinawa Open
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Kiyoshi Miyazato made up eight shots with a sparkling seven-under-par final round of 64 to win the $830,000 Asia-Japan Okinawa Open to win his first career title on Sunday. Miyazato finished on a 14-under-par total of 270, one shot ahead of six players including overnight leader Jeev Milkha Singh of India. Australian Scott Barr could have forced a play-off by sinking this birdie putt at the 18th, but he missed to finish on 271 with a three-under-par round of 68. Late start First round leader Charlie Wi holed six birdies but also carded three bogeys. A missed birdie putt at the last was also the South Korean's undoing. He finished on 271 after a three-under 68 day. They were all chasing surprising leader and hometown boy Kiyoshi Miyazato, who started the day eight strokes behind leader Singh, but shot a scintillating seven-under-par round of 64 with eight birdies including this one after a nice tee shot on the par-three 17th. The 27-year-old Miyazato then putted out on 18 to set up a final bit of drama before his first-ever professional Tour victory could be secured. Missed recovery Jeev Milkha Singh had a chance to recover from his terrible day at the last, but his second shot missed the green. With still a chance to force a play-off, Singh then missed his par putt, settling for bogey to cap a disastrous three-over-par 73 round that left him one stroke behind Miyazato. Now all that was left was Japan's Hideki Kase, who needed this birdie putt on 18 to force a play-off. But with Miyazato watching on, Kase missed for birdie, clinching the 2004 Asia Japan Okinawa Open title for by one-stroke for an understandably emotional Kiyoshi Miyazato. (AP)

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